It's not hard to emotionally scar someone by taunting, bullying, or excluding someone, so why don't more people take these issues more seriously? “Words invite or exclude, recognize or erase, empower or intimidate, examine or assume. Far from what the children chant would have let us believe ,words are sticks and stones. And those sticks and stones can either build bridges or break bones” (August, Page 95)
More action needs to be taken to create more, and more effective safe spaces. More awareness needs to be spread and disciplinary actions need to be carried out to prevent LGBT students from feeling like they are the only ones going through these issues and know that nothing is there fault. “Good intentions are not enough; trying to see all students as the same is not enough. Being a fair-minded individual is not enough. We argue that educators must publicly commit to creating classroom climates of inclusivity and respect with the pledged cooperation of all students. Only then can we create classrooms that are safe for LGBT youth.” (August, Page 99)
These ideas reminded me of an experience I had in class when i realized that the boys and girls were lined up into separate lines when ever they go out into the hall. When the teacher tells her students to line up into a boys line and a girls line, where does a child who looks like a boy but feels more like a girl go? Or a student that looks like a girl but feels more like a girl? Or maybe a student that sometimes feels like they could be considered both? There is a lot of room, in this seemingly simple request, for confusion and with that a student may feel out of place or uncomfortable. This as we have learned can cause the student to act out or shut down.